Tom Ford Stage Fume Fragrance Evaluation

Tom Ford Level Fume Eau de Parfum is all about drier, slightly creamy woods with bits of spice, be it spiced smoky incense or sweeter resins. It started out more fiery, peppery and green before fading into smoky, drier woods with hints of leather, finally drying down to a sweet, warm wood. The notes are:

  • Top notes: Frankincense, Palo Santo Wood, Black Pepper, Violet Leaf
  • heart notes: Leather, Cade Oil, Labdanum, Papyrus, Rose
  • base notes: Resins, ebony, guaiac wood

It opened with peppery billowing incense over smooth woods; it reminded me of the smell of fireplaces burning in winter, but less intense and refined – more like the concept of a campfire in the middle of the forest, because there was more than just incense smoke, but something darker, but never to the point where it was burned or charred.

The wood was noticeably drier after sitting against my skin for 15 minutes when the papyrus note emerged. As the incense faded into the background, Ebene Fume eased into creamy, dry woods and aged leather with hints of resinous sweetness. I felt that the sweet, lightly spiced resins added more warmth and smoothed out the composition, although the incense was more of a blown-out veil after an hour of wear. It was a more linear journey, which isn’t a bad thing as long as you enjoy those notes, and it only got sweeter and creamier over the next few hours in the drydown.


For testing, I used two sprays applied to the bottom and top of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer before applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka being incredibly parched at a certain point) as I found the scent didn’t linger well here otherwise.


It took eight hours before it was a skin odor and about 14 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. Sillage and projection were moderate, with sillage dropping off faster than projection over four hours of wear.

personal thoughts

I enjoyed the scent and found it sat well on my skin, blended well and smelled very much like it sounded (which is always a plus), but I feel like I’ve heard that from Tom before smelled Ford – a spicier, smokier Santal Blush, but surprisingly similar. I’m gradually preferring it to Santal Blush as I enjoy the addition of more spice and smoke.

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